Ralph Peters Is ‘Ashamed’ of Fox News Ties, Network Says He’s Trying ‘to Gain Attention’



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Fox News has fired back at a former contributor who said he was “ashamed” of his affiliation with the network in an email to colleagues.
“Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he’s choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention,” the network said in a statement to TheWrap. “We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing.”
The statement comes after Buzzfeed News published an email from Peters in which he announced that he had quit his role as an analyst and denounced the network as a “propaganda machine” for the Trump administration.
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“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,” the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel wrote.
He went on to say that the cable news network had “degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration” and slammed President Trump for his perceived affection for Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
The email spared the Fox Business network and hard news reporters at Fox News from criticism, singling them out for their “integrity” and praising them as “talented professionals in a poisoned environment.”
Read the full email at Buzzfeed.

It’s been known for a long time that Donald Trump is a fan of Fox News. And, in turn, the conservative network is a fan of his, often running positive stories about the administration that Trump then uses to fuel his Twitter feed. But Fox News isn’t always on board the Trump Train. Here are 11 times Fox News gave Trump the business.

Megyn Kelly calls Trump out on womenTrump famously feuded former anchor Kelly after she asked him a tough question at a Republican primary debate about derogatory statements he’s made about women. Trump took it personally, judging by his response on Twitter and in interviews. He later famously said Kelly must have had “blood coming out of her wherever” regarding the question. Watch the debate question here.

Kelly to Trump: “Facts matter”Trump kept hammering at Kelly on Twitter and elsewhere. When he called her out for not using the IBT poll when he was leading the Republican primary field, Kelly rebuked him with a tweet showing she did use the poll. “Facts matter,” she wrote.

Fox mocks Trump with statement on debate skipping pollAfter polled his Twitter followers to see if he should drop out of a Fox-hosted Republican primary debate, Fox responded artfully with a sarcastic statement that it had learned from “secret” sources Trump might be treated unfairly as president by foreign leaders.

Bill O’Reilly calls out Trump’s tweet with totally wrong stats”The O’Reilly Factor” grilled Trump in a Nov. 2015 interview about his tweet that erroneously said black people killed whites at a rate of 81 percent, while whites kill blacks at a rate of 15 percent. O’Reilly told Trump, “You shouldn’t tweet.” Trump did not take that advice.

Shepard Smith backs CNN on Russia reportingAnchor Shep Smith was on Team CNN after Trump’s January press conference, in which he refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, saying, “You’re fake news.” Smith said, “neither they (CNN) nor any other journalists should be subjected to belittling or delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States.” Watch it here.

Chris Wallace bucks Trump calling media “enemy of the public”After his press conference in January 2017, Trump continued his attack on media he doesn’t like on Twitter. Anchor Chris Wallace wasn’t having it on “Fox & Friends.” Wallace said Trump’s comments “crossed an important line” and said they were dangerous.

Smith calls Trump out on terrorism lieSmith isn’t a fan of Trump’s false assertions. When Trump said the media “doesn’t want to report” terrorist attacks, Smith took him to task. “The White House knows that it was false or could have learned that it was false with a quick Google check, but either did not do so or decided not to tell the truth.” Watch it here.

Wallace says the media is too easy on TrumpIn an interview with TheWrap, Wallace said he thinks Sunday political shows in particular should be tougher on Trump. “I think if anything, the media has treated him too well. By that I mean they’ve allowed him to play by different rules.” Read the full interview.

O’Reilly tells Trump Putin is “a killer”In a February interview, O’Reilly brought up Trump’s apparent refusal to criticize Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian president “a killer.” Trump famously responded by saying, “What, you think our country is so innocent?” Watch it here.

Smith wails on Trump’s refusal to talk about Russia hacksNobody on Fox hits Trump harder than Shep Smith. “We have a right to know… You call us ‘fake news’ and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people.” Watch it here.

Smith backs CNN and rebukes Trump’s ‘fake news’ assertionTrump’s favorite insult against media he doesn’t like is to call it “fake news.” But Shep Smith again supported CNN against the president after Trump’s anti-media speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee. Watch it here.

Neil Cavuto tells Trump he’s problem, not mainstream mediaResponding to Trump’s tweet claiming the mainstream media wants him off social media, Cavuto called out Trump for losing track of his own agenda. “Mr. President, it is not the fake news media that’s your problem, it’s you,” Cavuto said. Watch it here.
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Smith blasts Trump administration on Russia: “Lie after lie after lie”Shep Smith was at it again following the news breaking about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. He took the Trump administration to task for its many lies about meetings with Russia, including Jared Kushner failing to report the meeting on his security clearance forms. “My grandmother used to say, ‘What a tangled web we weave when first we try to deceive,'” Smith declared on air, leaving fellow anchor Chris Wallace speechless. Watch it here.
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Trump’s favorite network has pushed back a few times

It’s been known for a long time that Donald Trump is a fan of Fox News. And, in turn, the conservative network is a fan of his, often running positive stories about the administration that Trump then uses to fuel his Twitter feed. But Fox News isn’t always on board the Trump Train. Here are 11 times Fox News gave Trump the business.

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